Trimming the perfect beard neckline is one of the most important aspects of a good-looking beard, but a lot of men surprisingly do the beard shaping completely wrong and end up with botched beards that don't look so good, to say the least.
Hopefully, we can put an end to bad neckline styles with this guide and teach you how to properly outline your beard style.
What Is a Beard Neckline?
A beard line is an imaginary line going through the lowest point that your beard hair will grow to. Normally, this beard line is somewhere around the midpoint of your neck.
To identify its position for your face shape, tilt your head back a bit and put two fingers at the top of your Adam's apple. This spot will mark the natural imaginary line dividing your beard and your neck harmoniously.
Why Make a Neckline?
With a good, distinctive, well-trimmed neckline, your facial hair style will look flawless between shaving. If you shape your beard ideally, all your facial structure is going to look on point.
Ingrown hairs, stray hairs, and facial hair trimmed not at the right angle ruin not only your perfect neckline, but also the harmony between the hairstyle and the beard style, and consequently, the overall appearance of a man.
Beard Styles and Your Neckline
A bad beard neckline can make even the most in-shape guys look like they got a double chin. Nobody wants that. The mistake here is shaving the neckline too high which gives this turkey neck illusion and makes you just look terrible.
A good beard neckline looks natural. It doesn't stand out and contrast with the unshaven parts of your face making it look awkward. If you have a stubble like designer beard you can get away with just a slight trim around the adams apple. If you rock one of the other beard styles, read on and we'll help you achieve that perfect, natural looking beard line.
How to Trim Your Beard Neckline
Once you’ve spotted the perfect location for trimming your neckline, your beard neckline, you need to shape your beard hair.
First, set your trimmer’s number at least one setting below the length of your beard. Next, trim all facial hair below the horizontal line you’ve set around your Adam’s apple.
To remove all the stray hair, start shaving from the center of your beard line toward the edges of your neck area. Return with the electric trimmer back to the center until you’ve finished to trim a beard neckline.
So, this is how a beard neckline should be shaped:
This should be the general shape of a good beard neckline.
The 2 Finger Rule
The way you achieve this kind of natural-looking perfect beard neckline is by using something called the 2 finger rule.
It's very easy, place your two fingers on near the top of your Adams apple, the top of your index finger is where your neckline theoretically should be, and what would look best on MOST people. If it seems a little high or low, move it up or down an inch as you see fit. This is by far the easiest and most effective method of achieving the perfect beard outline!
The Fading Neckline
One of the trending tendencies in neckline trimming, the fading neckline can’t be omitted in this facial hair guide. Just like faded sides in hairstyle, a clean-shaven fade makes the new neckline generation. Just look how mind-blowing the fade looks as a part of a well-groomed beard:
Best Tools For Maintaining Beards Neckline
Proper tools and regular trimming are the keys to success. Here are the main tools for your beard routine:
- Beard Trimmer – It’s the tool you start your beard growth story with.
- Beard Scissors – This will help to snip some rogue hairs sticking out after the trimming.
- Beard Razor – For a clean neck shave. However, if you don’t like a close shave, you can skip this tool along with shaving cream.
- Beard Shaping Template – Another optional tool that will simplify the process of finding your beard neckline.
Beard Neckline Care and Maintenance
All you need to do is to keep your neckline sharp and neat by giving it a trim every two weeks. Also, you can consider a clean shave under the neckline with a safety razor to keep an extremely sharp edge.
How Often Should You Trim Your Beard Neckline?
On average, you need to trim your beard neck hairs after two weeks. Depending on how quickly your beard hair grows, you can trim it after three weeks. Just bear in mind that trimming should be done once it goes beyond 3mm and starts turning into a proper beard.
Where to Trim a Stubble Neckline?
Stick to the two fingers rule. The width of two fingers above Adam's apple is exactly where you should start trimming that subtle beard neckline.
What to Do if You Shave Beard Neckline Too High
Well, mistakes happen. So, what can be done? Hardly anything. Just relax and play it cool. Let the hair growing naturally – it won’t take too long.
Should You Shave Beards Neckline When Growing a Beard?
Generally, it depends on your preferences. Thus, shaving is not a must. Still, most barbers stick to the neck shaving policy to keep the shape clean, and the jawlines more defined.